Special Issue "Reducing Waste in Healthcare"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Policy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Hung-Chang Liao
Guest Editor
Department of Health Services Administration, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung 402, Taiwan
Interests: hospital supply chain management; green supply chain management; hosptial environmental and service desing; healthcare administration
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of "waste" involves different aspects. For the general idea, “waste” represents a significant cost loss. In the total quality management, the term "waste" is pointed as a significant and potential loss. Hence, the risk control and waste reduction have been emphasized. For the quality engineering, Taguchi defined that the social loss function is a great waste for the inappropriate product design.

In this special issue, we encourage author(s) to define the "waste" and submit a research study or a case example in the healthcare system. In the healthcare system, "waste" can be defined as patients' waiting time, inappropriate use of medical resources, inappropriate operation flow, healthcare pollution, and so on. The given research study or case example will be an illustration of the concept of "waste management" in the healthcare system and how the concept can be applied to the healthcare to eliminate the waste.

Any research study or case example regarding improvement strategies used to decrease the waste in healthcare is also the focus in the special issue, in which the improvement indexes of decreasing the waste in healthcare should be clearly illustrated in order to let readers easily realize the feasibility and how to use the proposed improvement strategies to eliminate the waste in healthcare. Hence, in the submitted paper, a systematic conception of waste management will be clearly illustrated; thus, the waste management will lead to a decrease in expenditures and human resources in the healthcare system.

The editors encourage any researchers who are interested in the special issue. We welcome researchers to contribute their knowledge and research results to the special issue.

Prof. Dr. Hung-Chang Liao
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Waste management
  • Quality management
  • Environmental dynamism
  • Loss control
  • Service design

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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